Register Now – Connection Support Group Facilitator Training *or* Family-to-Family Teacher Training

By Laurie Emerson  |  April 13, 2017  |  Featured News

NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher Training

Next Training: June 16-18th, 2017 in Barre, VT

A Family-to-Family Teacher provides the delivery of the evidence based 12-week NAMI Family-to-Family curriculum to other family members who have a loved one with a mental illness. You will share information about major mental illnesses, with a focus on the emotional reactions of family members who have a loved one who is ill and teach coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress.

What are the Requirements?

  • Complete the Family-to-Family teacher training and receive certification
  • Have a family member, who lives with a mental illness
  • Have reached a comfortable place in your loved one’s recovery from serious mental illness, and are able to sustain yourself through the emotional turbulence that may arise in the class
  • Adhere to the NAMI Family-to-Family model
  • Commitment to co-teach the class for 12 consecutive weeks
  • Maintain confidentiality of participants
  • Maintain NAMI membership during commitment
  • Work with the Program Director on outreach, recruitment and record keeping

To register for the Teacher Training:


NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitators


Next Training: May 20 & 21, 2017 in Barre, VT

Goal: Establish a new support group in your area if it is underserved and to sustain the groups that already take place.

NAMI Connection facilitators are trained NAMI leaders who facilitate weekly 90-minute Recovery Support Group meetings. They play an important role in ensuring that all participants feel welcomed and supported. NAMI facilitators are uniquely qualified to lead support groups because they are going through their own recovery process. They empathize with and encourage those who are just beginning the journey to a renewed life. A NAMI facilitator ensures that the group shares responsibility for maintaining guidelines, sustains clear participant boundaries, clarifies goals, and reinforces communication skills that encourage group participation.

Who Should Attend: Individuals who have personal experience with mental health challenges and have reached a comfortable place in recovery. Participants should have attended the Connection Support Group meetings and agree to adhere to the NAMI Connection Support Group model.

Facilitators needed: Northern, Central, Southern

To register for the Facilitator Training:

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